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Board Meeting of NSDC

New Delhi: The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee today urged the National Skill Development Corporation to expedite the effort to have a nationwide “call for proposals” and suggested to launch of a website to disseminate details for submission of new proposals. Agreeing that the problems of the unorganised sector needed to be given specific focus in the on-going efforts of NSDC, the Finance Minster urged the NSDC to study ways and means of using funds earmarked for training under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Assurance (NEREGA) scheme for enhancing the skills of rural and landless persons. Shri Mukherjee was addressing the Members of NSDC here today.

The Finance Minister outlined the core vision of Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development which is to create a pool of 500 million skill force by 2022. He emphasised the collective responsibility of Government Ministries / Departments and the NSDC in achieving this ambitious target. He stressed that the NSDC should aim for convergence with the activities of Government Ministries / Departments so that synergy could be developed and the vision achieved in a time-bound manner.

Shri Mukherjee recalled the specific mandate with which the NSDC has been formed, namely, to stimulate and coordinate private sector initiatives in the skill development area. Finance Minister expressed satisfaction at the activities of the NSDC so far, specifically, the inception of a study on skill mapping in 21 high priority sectors, and, in taking up for specific consideration of nine specific project proposals, of which, three have been shortlisted for further consideration and possible assistance.

The Board Members of NSDC, representing various skill sectors, gave valuable suggestions on enhancing the effectiveness of the Corporation. FICCI emphasized the need to make use of the existing infrastructure for ramping up skill development efforts. Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) indicated the urgent need to tap export markets through skill upgradation by setting up training institutues and training of trainers. CII stressed the need to standardise curriculum and upgrade skills in the unorganised sectors. Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) emphasised the need to train manpower to accept the vast challenges being faced by the smaller units in the textile sector.

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